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Prime Minister calls for cross-party talks on social care crisis

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called for cross-party talks on the UK’s social care crisis.

Speaking during the G7 Summit in Biarritz, Mr Johnson said adult social care was a “huge issue”, the Mirror reported.

The Prime Minister said he wanted to “bring parties together across the political divide and get a consensus”.

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Mr Johnson pledged to fix the social care crisis shortly after becoming Prime Minister last month (see Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledges to fix the social care crisis).

He said he had a “clear plan we have prepared to give every older person the dignity and security they deserve”, although he has yet to reveal details of what the plan is.

The Mirror reported that ministers had been expected to outline their proposals in a health department consultation document but the move for cross-party talks could further delay moves to overhaul the system.

A House of Lords report last month called for an £8bn cash injection to rescue the sector (see House of Lords calls for £8bn rescue of adult social care).

Previous attempts at forming a cross-party alliance on social care failed in 2010 and 2012. The talks in 2010 ended in acrimony after Labour was accused of trying to impose a ‘death tax’ by using people’s estates to fund their care.

 

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